Amata Holds Town Hall Meetings in Manu’a
Pago Pago – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, held several town-hall meetings over the last few days in the Manu’a Islands, to meet with constituents, hear their concerns, and update them on the work being done in Washington on their behalf.
“It is always a pleasure to come to Manu’a…the beauty here is unparalleled anywhere in the world, and I am always excited to meet with our constituents and hear directly from them regarding their concerns or needs, and what I can do to help them through my work in Washington,” stated Amata. “It is important that all of our people have a chance to voice their thoughts directly to those who represent them, so I make sure that I get out here at least a few times a year, if not more,” continued the Congresswoman.
Amata arrived in Manu’a on Monday, and returns to Tutuila today, where she will hold several more town-hall meetings over the next two weeks. During the discussions, Amata will be updating those in attendance on the work that she and her staff are doing for the people of American Samoa, including her efforts to get the U.S. territories on the same footing as the states in regards to Medicaid funding. While the first effort to reform healthcare in the nation was met with resistance, Congress is continuing to negotiate on the issue, and looks to have another attempt at reform sometime in the near future. “I am determined to make sure that my legislation to put the territories on the same level as the states in regards to Medicaid is included in any reform package,” said Amata.
The Congresswoman will also be addressing her efforts to make sure that the tax credit for U.S. businesses who operate in American Samoa is included in the upcoming tax reform legislation which is currently under negotiation. “Congress is beginning to address tax reform, and it is essential that American Samoa be given special consideration regarding the tax credit for businesses who want to come here” said Amata. “Our economic and geographic isolation are greater than that of any other U.S. region...getting this tax credit not only reinstated, but made permanent and expanded is a top priority of mine, and I am confident that we will get it done,” continued Amata.
“I want to encourage all who are able; to join us at the town-hall meetings. It is so important that I hear from our people, as it allows me to know what is happening here in American Samoa on the grassroots level. I look forward to seeing everyone over the next few weeks, and am grateful for the opportunity to serve on their behalf,” concluded Amata.
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